Category: Emergencies

Can you report good news in Africa?

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So be honest, when you think of Africa what springs to mind?

African child in orange cloak

If it’s something other than safari or famine then I’m pretty sure you’re not the average Brit.

If you’re a journalist and think Africa has more to tell than famine and disaster, conflict and corruption, then it’s good news for you with the Red Cross’ Good News for Africa competition.
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How to deal with tea-mergencies

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FESS volunteers worcester-190I knew I was right. New scientific research claims that a cup of tea really can help reduce stress levels during times of crisis. As a life-long fan of the mighty tea leaf, I’m not in the least surprised.

As explained in an earlier blog, my only really meaningful encounter with alcohol occurred when I drank whisky as a newborn baby so drinking tea really is a big deal in the Cox social calendar (such as it is).
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Logistics of disaster relief – part one

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When disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, it’s likely you’ll turn on the TV and see the Red Cross is already there.

As you watch boxes of food, blankets and other life-saving items being distributed, have you ever wondered exactly how they got there so quickly?

This is the first in a series of podcasts exploring the role of our logistics emergency response unit and how it responds to international emergencies.

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Guest Blog: Respecting the Geneva Conventions

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The following post is from Ros Armitage,  operations manager at the British Red Cross:

Last week was the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. To a non-lawyer such as myself the Conventions and their Additional Protocols are “the rules of war” and form the cornerstone of international humanitarian law. They are incredibly important as they are designed to limit how war is conducted and the effects of war. They exist to limit suffering and to protect people not involved in a conflict such as civilians (including health workers and aid workers) and those no longer taking part in a conflict such as the sick and wounded, shipwrecked and prisoners of war. 194 countries have signed up to the Conventions signalling the significance in which they are held worldwide. The Conventions cover mainly international wars, or wars between countries but one of the Additional Protocols specifically covers wars within countries. More

Monday Movement update #19

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Rubble on a street in ChinaHere’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Typhoon Morakot: In Taiwan and China, Red Cross volunteers have been helping the emergency services with search and rescue operations, and delivering relief items. Read our disaster relief manager Pete Garratt’s blog about Typhoon Morakot.

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Nature's power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More

Nature’s power unleashed!

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Red Cross helping wounded in Qishan, Taiwan

If like me you’ve been following the television pictures of torrential rain, buildings collapsing and villages being swept away you’ll have been mesmerized by what nature can do. Typhoons, flooding, landslides, earthquakes (in Japan) – it’s been a tough week for many in East Asia caught up in these and an especially busy week for local Red Cross volunteers and staff as they’ve worked all hours to respond. We in Britain complain if More

On this day in history

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According to the BBC On this Day feature, the following events happened on August 12:

  • August 12, 1964: One of the men involved in the Great Train Robbery escaped from jail
  • August 12, 1969: English police used tear gas for the first time
  • August 12, 1985: A plane crashed in Japan, killing hundreds.

While these are all sad news items to bring up, I’d like to take this opportunity to add a happy anniversary to the list. For millions of people around the world who have lived or are currently living in a conflict zone, today is a special day. Today is the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.

As Katrina and I mentioned before (here and here), the Geneva Conventions have been helping to protect victims of war. They’ve even been ratified by all 194 countries in the world. Leading up to this anniversary, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Red Cross asked to hear your views on the challenges to the conventions in the next 60 years.

Do you want to see what people had to say?

>>Check out the responses we got on the Geneva Conventions at 60 site.